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post #1 of 29 Old 04-24-2019, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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Hauling K1600 GTL in back of short bed (5.5ft.) 1/2 ton pickup

I test loaded my K1600 into the back of my F150 5.5' bed pick-up last night in preparation for next week's trip to Ironhorse for T.T.D. 2019.

It fits with the rear wheel sitting about 6" on the tailgate.



I cut a piece of 3/4" plywood to the length of the bed plus the tailgate. The reason for the plywood is to assist with load distribution on the tailgate since the back wheel rests a few inches behind the tailgate hinge point. I couldn't find any specs. on the tailgate load capacity and I knew I would be loading it to around 1000lbs, so better safe than sorry.

On the plywood I mounted a Condor model PS1500 Motorcycle PitStop Chock using the quick release mount. I plan to hinge the plywood to allow it to be folded back flat just behind the wheel chock. This will allow me to close the tailgate when unloaded. The hinge will be located far enough from the tailgate not to lose the load distribution benefit. I also plan to paint the plywood and maybe add friction tape to the centerline.

My tailgate is supported with DG manufacturing tailgate support bars for increased strength over the stock cables.

I used wide 10' EZ Rizer ramps from Discount ramps rated at 1500 lbs. Loading and unloading was easy and felt safe.

The bike will be secured to the bed sides at four points using ratchet straps and the stock Ford Boxlink tie-downs (and not using the handlebars)



Ironhorse has a loading ramp on-site, and I don't want to carry my ramps if I can avoid it.

Has anyone used the ramp at Ironhorse before? Of a similar ramp somewhere else? I'm wondering what I should use to bridge the threshold between the dock and my tailgate as I doubt they will be the exact same height.

I'm thinking a 4' x 2' piece of 3/4" plywood would work but I would like to hear what others have used to deal with any height issues.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Looks like you've thought the loading through pretty well.

But you're ~300 miles away, your license plate says TOUR, and you're not riding there?

C'mon, that's only one tank of fuel to get there...

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Looks like you've thought the loading through pretty well.

But you're ~300 miles away, your license plate says TOUR, and you're not riding there?

C'mon, that's only one tank of fuel to get there...
I knew I would catch some **** for my post......and rightfully so.

We would ride down, and have done so before, but I have to camp this year due to no room in the inn at ironhorse. Thus the need to carry stuff including a big cooler full of cold beer.
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Just to be sure....tie down using the correct locations, (not the handle bars)...https://www.k1600forum.com/forum/657098-post4.html
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I knew I would catch some **** for my post......and rightfully so.

We would ride down, and have done so before, but I have to camp this year due to no room in the inn at ironhorse. Thus the need to carry stuff including a big cooler full of cold beer.
No other places to stay nearby to prevent you from suffering this embarrassment?
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No other places to stay nearby to prevent you from suffering this embarrassment?
I think I may need to change the title of this thread to, "How to get rode out on K1600 Forums"
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Like, don’t feel bad, l live a lot closer than you, have a cabin, and always trailer down for this event. #1 objective: make Mama happy!

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If the ramp at IHL doesn’t work, ‘bout six of us could give your bike a lift and ease her down to the ground. I’d be happy to help if needed.
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If the ramp at IHL doesn’t work, ‘bout six of us could give your bike a lift and ease her down to the ground. I’d be happy to help if needed.
I'll watch and take pictures.
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